Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Why do??

Why do some people think that others don't have  a  LIFE?????? Someone please explain that one too me?!?!?!?! I am probably the only one at work that is ALWAYS asked if I would like to pick up extra shifts/hours, when the other person doesn't realize that I am a BUS BABY less alone might HAVE PLANS!!!!!!! And then there are times that my roommate won't be able to come and get me after my noon to seven (12-7p) shift....and I will end up getting home like somewhere between 9 & 10pm!!!!!!!!!! Enough venting I know........but still, even if I tell them I have plans it seems to go in one ear and out the other.... I'll let you know now, if they call me from work the weekend of the 1st...........I AIN'T ANSWERING THE BLASTED PHONE......DON'T CARE IF YOU ARE THE OWNER already have me working on my birthday what else do you O&#^$*#$%* want from me!!!!!!!!!

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okay I'm good now

Children's Nutrition

Good Nutrition for Kids

Simple, delicious strategies for getting your kids the healthy, wholesome foods they need—recipes included
by Marissa Lippert, R.D.

nutrition 101
tips and recipes
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One of the most important things parents can do for their children is lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating. Exposing kids to good, wholesome food at a young age just makes good sense: Not only does it provide them with the nourishment their growing bodies need, it also helps them develop smart eating habits that will continue into adulthood. While busy schedules and an overload of sugary, heavily processed, and fast-food options can pose significant day-to-day challenges for parents, making healthy food choices for your family is a lot easier—and can be way more fun—than you think.

The federal government's recent launch of the MyPlate campaign lays out nutritional guidelines with straightforward suggestions and clear visuals, all based around a single plate. Robert Post, deputy director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, says the MyPlate icon was designed to be "a simple, yet powerful visual cue for consumers to choose healthier foods among the food groups at mealtimes to build healthy plates." The plate's divided quadrants and emphasis on fruits and vegetables automatically ensure that kids are getting smart, healthy portions.

Here's a breakdown of the campaign's goals, along with some of our quick tips on how to make the right choices for your family.

Make half the plate fruits and vegetables. Vegetables should get slight preference over fruit given that their sugar content is generally lower, but the main point is to emphasize produce overall. Naturally low-fat and low-calorie, fruits and vegetables are rich with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them natural disease fighters and filling, energizing components of any meal or snack. Fresh, local vegetables and fruits are best, but out of season, frozen produce works, too—because it's often picked and processed at its seasonal peak, it can be just as nutritious as fresh fruit and veg, and sometimes even more so.

Grains should make up about one quarter of the food on your child's plate. Ensure that at least half of kids' grain servings come from whole grains like brown rice, whole-grain cereals, and whole-wheat pasta. Their high fiber content helps keep energy levels strong and blood sugar steady—which means kids will be satisfied for a longer period of time than if they eat white rice and bread. Get creative with nontraditional whole grains such as bulgur, barley, wheat berries, farro, and of course the ubiquitous supercharged pseudo-grain quinoa.

For protein, which should fill about a quarter of the plate, focus on lean-protein sources like chicken, fish, eggs, tofu, beans, and lean meats. Try to steam, grill, broil, or bake proteins, and avoid frying as much as possible. Look for fish that are lower in mercury; avoid too much tuna and other higher-mercury fish such as mackerel, Chilean sea bass, swordfish, and grouper. Aim to buy sustainable wild fish, particularly salmon, to get a boost of lean protein and healthy fat without excess antibiotics, added coloring, or potential pesticides.

Choose low-fat dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and 1% milk to ramp up your child's calcium intake, which help keeps bones and teeth strong in growing kids. (Keep in mind that it's best to give toddlers 2% or whole-fat dairy products.)

When using prepackaged or canned foods, make sure that they contain less than 500 milligrams of sodium per serving.

Reach for water first and keep sugary, sweet drinks to a bare minimum.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

by Sheila Lukins
Ten: All the Foods We Love... and 10 Recipes for Each
Bacon Swiss Burgers with Tomato and Avocado
(photo by: Ben Fink)
A bacon Swiss burger embellished with ripe tomato and avocado: delectable! In this burger, I've spiced up the meat with thyme and Worcestershire sauce, which hint at the Mediterranean and at the steak house. In this case, a soft white bun is the best choice—any other type of bun and the burger might become too huge to eat. But of course, that's what helps to make it delectable. Serve your favorite condiments alongside.
Yield: Serves 4
8 slices bacon
1 pound ground beef chuck or sirloin
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 or 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Vegetable oil, for grilling
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 hamburger buns, toasted, for serving
Thinly sliced ripe tomato, for garnish
Thinly sliced red onion, for garnish
Sliced ripe avocado, for garnish
Boston lettuce leaves, for garnish
1. If you will be grilling the burgers, preheat a barbecue grill to medium-high.
2. While the grill is heating up, cook the bacon on the stovetop in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it is just crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and set it aside to drain. (If you prefer to panfry the burgers, reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the skillet.)
3. Place the beef, Worcestershire, Tabasco, thyme, and salt and pepper in a bowl, and toss lightly with a fork to combine. Form the mixture into 4 patties, each about 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
4. When you are ready to grill the burgers, oil the grill grate well. Add the burgers and grill for about 3 minutes for rare, 4 minutes for medium-rare meat. Turn them over and grill for another 3 or 4 minutes, topping the burgers with the cheese in the last minute of cooking. (Or panfry the burgers in the hot bacon fat over medium heat for 3 minutes per side for rare meat, adding the cheese as described.)
5. Place the burgers on the toasted buns, and top them with the bacon, tomato, onion, avocado, and lettuce. Cover with the tops of the buns and serve immediately.

Source Information
Recipe from TEN: All the Foods We Love, Ten Recipes for Each by Sheila Lukins (Workman Publishing, 2008).

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I tried this out last night with a few adjustments in the recipe; substituted the thyme with basil and added some cumin, and the burgers came out great... definitely will go in the cookbook.

Sorry if I haven't been here on a nightly basis like I want to, but with crazy stupid at work and everyone here in the neighborhood crying for attention in some way shape or form its hard staying focused with what I gotta do.

I have dropped the pampered chef consultant part and only will be a private buyer now through my friend who got me started. Am "QUIETLY" looking for a new job and possibly have one through the same PC friend of mine.......a little out of the way but a job and full time; none of the part time bs from where I am at now.....with that being I may be able to focus on me more, my up coming Personal Cook thing, and my personal pathway.........will see how things go if/when I get the job that I am "looking at".

I hope everyone's day goes well and have a great weekend....